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As the Devils look to both manage Blackwood's workload and find action for Domingue, the pair of goaltenders have been working together

by Marc Ciampa /

In recent days, Devils interim head coach Alain Nasreddine has talked about managing the workload of his goaltenders. The expectation is that it will be closer to a split than it has been where Mackenzie Blackwood has been playing nearly every night when healthy. 

"For both of them it's good," Nasreddine stated. "You don't want to overdo it so (Blackwood) gets tired physically or mentally. We want Louis to get game action and make sure he stays sharp. He's played well lately and worked hard."

Louis Domingue said after practice on Wednesday that relishes the chance to get more opportunities. 

"It's important for me and Mac to find a rhythm together. It'll be good if we push each other. It doesn't matter if he wins or I win, just being able to push each other will bring success.

"I always want success for him. We've been pushing each other hard in practice."

Video: RAW | Louis Domingue

Blackwood added that he thinks that some extra time off will be good for him. 

"Whenever you can be fresh and more energy that's obviously going to help you. A week between games is tough but whenever you get a chance to rest, recharge the batteries that'll go a long way," Blackwood began, adding that he doesn't see himself in competition with his goaltending partner Domingue. 

"The competition is more between me and me. When it comes down to it, it's just me versus myself to try and be the best version of myself as I can."

Blackwood added that having more practice time in the end just makes him a better goaltender. 

"Just trying to keep the little details tight. Sometimes it's hard to remember that you're still trying to develop and work on all those little things and not just play all the time.

Video: RAW | Mackenzie Blackwood

"It's nice to keep my game in check and try to get better every day."

Nasreddine noted that Blackwood will get the start tomorrow against Nashville. 

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